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Title [P. Bessi's Pavilion, South Beach, Staten Island]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1915
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Diagonal front view of a row of buildings on the boardwalk at South Beach, Staten Island, with the beach in the foreground. In the center of the row is a two-story building with an enclosed porch; sign on the building: "P. BESSI." The building at right is identified in related photos as the Old Happy Home Hotel. The beach and boardwalk are crowded with men, women, and children. Handwritten inscription along the top edge: "1915." There is strip of paper attached to one edge on the reverse, suggesting that the photo had been removed from an album.
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 4.375 x 7
Acquisition Gift of Edwin Skinner
Ownership and History This is one of a group of photographs donated to the Historical Society in 1952 by Edwin H. Skinner, who for many years was manager of the Staten Island Beach Land Improvement Company in South Beach.

Peter Bessi immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1882, and in 1888 he opened a hotel at South Beach. His obituary in 1928 stated that his hotel "had entertained most of the prominent Italians who have come to New York since 1890."
Earliest Date 1915
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Beaches
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Skinner, Edwin H.
Bessi, Peter
Catalog Number 52.012.0051
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2017.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.